Columbia Battle Ridge Short

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Lightweight, quick dry nylon shorts great for hot,…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $29


Lightweight, quick dry nylon shorts great for hot, humid days. Also works well for canoeing and fishing where you might get wet and what to dry off fast if you do. Demonstrates the quality that Columbia normally builds into their "active" line of clothing.


  • Very lightweight
  • Quick drying
  • Can go several days on the trail without stinking


  • Hard to find the 9" lenght where I shop
  • Only one back pocket has a zipper
  • The other back pocket's velcro tab isn't big enough

Columbia's Battle Ridge shorts can be found at most department stores, mine came from Belk on sale for $29.  They are made of nylon with polyester mesh pockets, with two inseam lengths - 9 inches and 11 inches.  Two front pockets and two back pockets.  The right back pocket has a zipper but the left side only has a small Velcro patch.  There is also one cargo pocket on the right side, again secured by one Velcro patch.  Mine are dark green, with other colors offered as well.


The medium size fit my 34" waist very comfortably without the need for a belt, and the 9inch inseam falls just above the knee (which is still too long, but what can you do these days?)  The front pockets are very deep, which is good in that nothing falls out. However, it does lead to your car keys being uncomfortably low down on your thigh. Issue for me, may not be for others. The velcro patch on the back right pocket isn't big enough to secure the pocket, which matters to me as that is where my wallet goes. 


The interior mesh pockets and other details seem to be firmly attached and up to the quality that folks expect from Columbia.  There is also a bit of contrasting interior sticking and an extra waist button. The belt loops accept a 1" belt.  The waist button stayed buttoned.


I've used these shorts on several outing, including a week long Scout summer camp, and several hikes.  Generally speaking, you can wear the shorts for several days straight without issue or smell.  They are great in hot, humid weather with excellent breathability. They are not overly baggy, and fit well under a pair of rain pants without riding up.  No chafing or other issues.

Of note, I've been very impressed with their quick drying capability. I've gotten soaked in a rainstorm and the shorts dried within 45 min or so, even though the humidity was around 80%. Also I was able to push through a blackberry patch on a couple of occasions and the shorts don't show any damage from the thorns.  At the Scout camp, it rained almost every day, and the shorts were dry and ready to go each morning.


Overall I've been very happy with them and am considering buying a couple more colors to go with my green ones.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

CLOSEOUTS . Suitable for hiking and casual wear, Columbia Sportswear Battle Ridge shorts are made of lightweight, quick-drying nylon with a partially elasticized waistband and multiple pockets. Available Colors: GRILL, FOSSIL, PEATMOSS, MAJOR. Sizes: 1X-BIG, 2X-BIG, 3X-BIG, 4X-BIG.

- Sierra Trading Post

The Jackson Rock Star Kayak is shorter, faster, bigger looping, easier cartwheels, looser, lighter, and snappier makes playboating a joy! Once again a boat that makes you better, right away! The secret? Refined rocker profile, drop chines, more volume, refined bow shape, balanced volume distribution, and a new higher seating position that gives you more leverage. Beginners will be more challenged for river running, but be rewarded with easier/bigger/faster moves. The higher seating position will take some getting used to, but if you want to progress uber fast, go for it. For the best in conventional playboating and seating- get the 2010 All-Star. Intermediates will truly know they have jumped into something special. It will take a day or two to get used to sitting 1.5? higher up, but Moves will be easier, bigger, snappier, and your friends will be impressed with your playboating in your first day. The speed and looseness of the hull will shock you as the boat is a full inch shorter than the All-Star. Experts will rock this boat after a few rides to get used to the 1.5? higher seat. Wave riding will be more aerial, faster, looser, and the moves will feel effortless. Hole riding will be like a trampoline ride. Powerful launches up and out of the water for loop moves, while the boat will rotate around your body like a pin-wheel for vertical moves due to the improved volume distribution (more in the stern). McNasty and Phonix Monkey moves were made easier with improved rocker profile in the bow to allow it to ?reel up? high before throwing. Wow, then Wow, and at least another 20 Wows every time you try something different.

- RockCreek

The Battle Ridge Shorts are great for outdoor adventures or a day walking around the city. With UPF 30 sun protection, an active fit and several pockets for everything you need, these shorts can be worn almost anywhere.

- Ramsey Outdoor

Battle Ridge shorts by Columbia offers OMNI-SHADE UPF 30 sun protection along with an active fit, gusset detail for comfort, two front pockets, one cargo pocket & two back pockets with zipper closures. International Shipping Prohibited. Fabric: 100% polyester Lined Zip-fly with button closure Side cargo pocket Hand pockets Omni-Shade UPF 30 sun protection 11 in length hits above knee Includes belt

- Rocky Mountain Trail

Columbia Battle Ridge Short

previously retailed for:
$19.95 - $34.95

The Columbia Battle Ridge Short is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen March 15, 2014 at Sierra Trading Post.

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